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Fish Out of Water (2009)

A documentary that faces down the controversies between homosexuality and religion, examining Bible verses quoted as condemnatory and discussing alternative meanings.


Ky Dickens


Ky Dickens

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Credited cast:
Terri Abbott Terri Abbott ... Herself - LGBTQ Community
James Bankston James Bankston ... Himself - Clergy (as Rev. Dr. Jim Bankston) (as Rev. Dr. James Bankston)
Ryan Barrett Ryan Barrett ... Himself - LGBTQ Community
Trish Bendix Trish Bendix ... Herself - LGBTQ Community
Ian Bonner Ian Bonner ... Himself - LGBTQ Community
Deana Boozer Deana Boozer ... Herself - LGBTQ Community
Sam Bryer Sam Bryer ... Himself - LGBTQ Community
Gabriela Caro Gabriela Caro ... Herself - LGBTQ Community (as Gabriela Caro) (as Gabriel Caro)
Daylene Christensen Daylene Christensen ... Herself - LGBTQ Community
Frederick Clarkson Frederick Clarkson ... Himself - Author of Eternal Hostility: The Struggle Between Theocracy and Democracy
Sheldon Culver Sheldon Culver ... Herself - United Church of Christ, Conference Minister / Co-Author of SteepleJacking (as Rev. Dr. Sheldon Culver)
Candice C. Cusic Candice C. Cusic ... Herself - LGBTQ Community
Gregory Dell Gregory Dell ... Himself - Senior Pastor, Retired, Broadway United Methodist Church, Illinois (as Rev. Greg Dell) (as Rev. Gregory Del retired)
Gerald J. DeSobe Gerald J. DeSobe ... Himself - Former President American Association of Pastoral Counselors (as Rev. Dr Gerald J. DeSobe LPC)
Ky Dickens ... Herself - Narrator (voice)


Fish out of Water tackles the seven Bible verses used to condemn homosexuality and justify marriage discrimination. This feature documentary uses humor and original animation to make a traditionally complex and controversial topic accessible to those who don't like talking about religion and sexuality. Fish out of Water dives into the underbelly of America, crisscrosses red and blue states and talks to ministers from every denomination to uncover America's impassioned relationship with homosexuality and the Bible. With slapstick animation and quirky interviews taken everywhere from barbershops to mega churches, Fish out of Water delivers a voice to the oppressed and informs to the misled. Most importantly, Fish out of Water sits down with hundreds of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender folks to impart their experiences with faith and sexuality. This unique lens spans across culture, race, religion, age, socio-economic level and puts a relatable face on the themes of Fish out of ... Written by Ky Dickens

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Release Date:

18 July 2009 (USA) See more »


Box Office


$45,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Stereo (LtRt)


Color | Black and White (film clips and archive photographs)
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Even though writer/director/producer Ky Dickens narrates the film, the only visual image of her to appear on screen is an animated avatar. See more »

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A fabulous, quick lesson in scripture
21 November 2018 | by pdilleSee all my reviews

This film will change your mind about any thing you've ever been told about Christianity and sexuality. I highly recommend it to any family members or people who have ever struggled to reconcile the two. The movie is fun and witty and fast, while also smart and thoughtful and enlightening. It uses animation to unpack the Bible. It's easy to watch and makes you feel happy after watching it...and smarter.

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